Australia's Cameron Wurf is a new addition to ProTour's Fuji-Servetto, team manager Alvaro Crespi acknowledged in Venice where the Giro d'Italia is due to start on Saturday.
The former rider of Austrian team Volksbank – now Vorarlberg – had no contract despite being in talks with Silence-Lotto. He had a great ride at the Tour de Langkawi with the Australian national team, helping Jay Crawford to second overall behind José Serpa. He led his teammate most of the way up to Genting Highlands stage and still made a top 15.
"His trainer Aldo Sassi has convinced us that he's got fabulous capacities," Crespi said.
Wurf, 25, is a former rower who defended the colours of Australia at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, after which he switched successfully to cycling. He's a pure time trialist and represented his country at the 2007 Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
"I was getting frustrated by not having a ride for this year," Wurf commented. "I was going to ride as an amateur in France to seduce a French team when the good news came from Italy. I'm very happy to be able to race again."
He's now in Italy and he might start his career as a ProTour rider at the Volta a Catalunya this month.